Con­trac­tor gets 9 months for tak­ing money with­out do­ing work

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY - PEGGY REV­ELL pre­v­ell@medicine­hat­ Twit­ter: MHNpre­v­ell

A con­trac­tor was or­dered to pay resti­tu­tion and will serve nine months in jail for fail­ing to com­plete con­struc­tion jobs af­ter tak­ing tens of thou­sands of dol­lars from lo­cal res­i­dences.

Christo­pher John Wright was sen­tenced Wed­nes­day at the Medicine Hat Court of Queen’s Bench by Jus­tice Rod­ney Jerke for 11 charges un­der the pro­vin­cial Fair Trad­ing Act and one count of fraud over $5,000, charges he pled guilty to in May.

Of this sen­tence, 47 days are con­sid­ered served due to pre­trial cus­tody.

At a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing on Sept. 8, the Crown ar­gued for a to­tal sen­tence of 12 months in jail, while also read­ing out vic­tim im­pact state­ments sub­mit­ted by those who had given Wright funds for home im­prove­ment projects that were never com­pleted.

Wright’s de­fence coun­sel re­quested a sus­pended sen­tence of 18 months pro­ba­tion and resti­tu­tion of $1,000 per month un­til the to­tal is re­paid.

The charges stem back to 2012 and 2013 when Wright was the owner, op­er­a­tor and sole di­rec­tor of First Choice Sun­rooms Ltd., La­mont Sun­rooms & Ex­te­ri­ors, and 1693020 Al­berta Ltd.

Sev­eral com­plainants came for­ward af­ter they signed a con­tract with Wright to have pa­tio deck cov­ers, sun­rooms and other types of work done.

Pre­paid de­posits were col­lected, de­spite Wright not be­ing prop­erly li­censed to op­er­ate as a pre­paid con­trac­tor.

None of the work was com­pleted dur­ing the time frame out­lined in the con­tracts. Com­plainants sent let­ters to Wright, can­celling the con­tract and re­quest­ing re­funds.

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